Haystack founder: ‘Ominous’ if city bans parking spot scalping app

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What Haystack founder Eric Meyer lacks in originality he makes up for in audacity. The Baltimore entrepreneur who encourages users to squat and sell access to public parking spots to the highest bidder said a vote for banning his controversial, relatively useless service is a vote against “against technology, against innovation.”

Cal Borchers covered Meyer vs. Common Sense last night during hearings on the app, and the recent addition to the “sharing” economy seems to have trouble finding traction among local legislators who will decide his fate.

“This is not about information sharing; this is about cash,” Hyde Park city councilor Timothy McCarthy proclaimed. “So when you talk about God’s work and helping the city address its parking problems, put that to rest.”

Unsurprisingly, the entrepreneur appears unphased by the criticism, continuing to paint opponents has anti-innovation.

“It does send an ominous message to innovators across the city and across the country,” Meyer said of the potential ban, as reported by the Boston Business Journal, after stating he had no plans to pull the service even if it was legally banned.

Michael Morisy is the founder and former editor of BetaBoston. Follow him on Twitter at @Morisy or email him at Michael@BetaBoston.com.
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